|ANNE McCAFFREY (anna creech/N.Y. times/file 2005)|
Anne McCaffrey, author of ‘Dragonriders’ series, at 85
Anne McCaffrey, a science-fiction writer widely known as the Dragon Lady for her best-selling series of young-adult novels, “Dragonriders of Pern,’’ died Monday in County Wicklow, Ireland. She was 85. The cause was a stroke, her publisher, Random House, told The Associated Press. McCaffrey, who had lived in Ireland since the 1970s, died at her home, Dragonhold - so named, she liked to say, because it had been paid for by dragons. The author of scores of books in a spate of different series, McCaffrey was best known for “Dragonriders,’’ written over four decades and comprising more than 20 novels.